Ishmael Beah, former Sierra Leone child soldier, to host book talk at CSU

Ishmael Beah, a human rights activist and author of "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier," will give a book talk at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Columbus State University.

Beah's talk will be held in the University Hall auditorium on the main campus.

In his book, Beah describes how, as a 12-year-old in Sierra Leone, he fled attacking rebels. When he was 13, he was forced to served in the government army and experienced wartime violence.

He eventually re-entered civilian life through a UNICEF rehabilitation center.

Beah moved to the United States in 1998 and finished high school at the United Nations International School in New York. In 2004, he completed his bachelor's degree in political science at Oberlin College in Ohio.

Beah has spoken before the the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory.

His book was common reading for students taking CSU's first year seminar courses this fall.

For more information on Beah's visit, contact Terry Irvin at 706-565-4015 or the Center for International Education at 706-565-4036.

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